HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
We have already thought about Matthew’s telling of this event. We have considered the impossible command of Jesus and the doubt and frustration of the apostles. But in the midst of their skepticism, John reveals a shining example of faith in the response of Andrew. The only available food on that day was found in the possession of a young boy who was brought to Jesus by Andrew. He wasn’t completely confident that Jesus could feed the masses with these morsels. There was no grand pronouncement made by Andrew of Jesus’ power and miraculous ability. Instead, there was a simple query: “What are these among so many?” He wondered, questioned, maybe even doubted, but he brought the lad to Jesus anyway. His faith may have only been that of a mustard seed, but nevertheless, he acted on that faith and, in so doing, provided a means by which Jesus’ command could be obeyed and His will be done. What a wonderful example Andrew is to us. We may look at our abilities, resources, or opportunities and ask, “What are these among so many?” But we must never forget that God can use what we bring Him, in faith, to do His will.
What can you bring to God that He might use to accomplish His will?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!